How can anyone not like Saquon Barkley? He stays out of trouble, fills the stat box, and has a cool-sounding name. He really is deserving of his current 1.01 rookie draft status. Barkley will be 21 years old at the time of the draft and has performed as one of the best Nittany Lions we've seen in years. In three seasons with Penn St, Saquon racked up 5,574 all-purpose yards.
As a freshman, Barkley played immediately and rushed for 1,076 yards and 7 touchdowns. In his sophomore season, he rushed for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. Both rushing totals are school records for freshman and sophomore players. In his final season, during the Big 10 opener against Iowa, Barkley totaled 358 all-purpose yards (another school record). His performance alone out-gained the entire Hawkeye offense.
Barkley is expected to be drafted in the top 10 of the NFL draft. This raises some concern for dynasty owners as there is a very real possibility he is drafted by a team like the Browns or the Jets. What those owners fail to realize however, is that sometimes all it takes for a team to turn around is one player. For example, look at what some of the 2017 rookie RB's brought their teams this season. Fournette brought a true threat to the Jags offense, Kamara was a key component of the Saints offensive success, and Hunt (at times) electrified that entire offense in Kansas City.
Saquon is talented enough to be that guy. Barkley could be what a team is missing. Do you think the Buccaneers would be better with Barkley or Peyton Barber? Do you really think the Browns would rather roll out Duke Johnson than Saquon? I don't think so. And with so much success in college, one would imagine there is GM out there willing to trade up to draft him.
Speaking of trading, if there is something you can do to move up to 1.01, I cautiously recommend it. I think Barkley is very good, and destined to be great, but sometimes just having the "1.01" is worth more to the owner than the player is a couple weeks into the season. Patience is a virtue when it comes to trading. Especially when the trades involve rookies. Over the next couple of months, things may change for some, but I'm convinced. Saquon is the 1.01 regardless of combine performance or landing spot.
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